Dr. Hemamali Tennakoon holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Business Administration from Staffordshire University, UK and Master’s degrees from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kingston University, London. She received her PhD in Online Information Security, Privacy and Social Commerce from Kingston University, London. Dr. Hemamali is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She holds a Postgraduate teaching qualification in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Kingston University, London and a Diploma in General Psychology from Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology.
As a researcher, she is interested in studying the effects of privacy and security issues on human behavior in cyberspace. She has authored/ co-authored several research articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals including ‘Computers in Human Behaviour’, ‘Journal of Information Technology & People’ and the ‘International Journal of Human-Computer Studies’. In addition, she has presented her work to academic and technical audiences nationally and internationally at various events including the British Academy of Management Conference (2012), Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) conference (2016), and Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) Conference (2016). In 2016, she served as a Member of the Grand Jury of the prestigious ‘e-Swabhimani’, National Best e-Content Award competition.
Before joining APIIT, Dr. Hemamali held the position of Research and Policy Development Specialist at Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Co-ordination Center (CERT|CC), a Government organization affiliated to the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka. During her time at Sri Lanka CERT|CC, she was involved in information security policy development, training and research.